Sooner Intel: OU news and nuggets, Pt. II

Catching up on the week that was for OU and looking ahead to a huge spring game full of top visitors.

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Greeley excited for trip

Honesty in the recruiting game can be refreshing. Sometimes it can backfire, but at least you're not trying to decipher what a recruit is really saying.

Lawton (Okla.) High defensive back Darreyl Patterson has been open and honest about his desire for an OU offer. He won't be at the spring game because he's taking the ACT.

Add Fresno (Calif.) Edison defensive back A.J. Greeley to that list. He has offers from Pac-12 schools, but it's obvious he wants one from the Sooners. The first step toward getting that one is this weekend as he is visiting for the spring game.

"From my point of view, I love the aggressiveness from the defense," Greeley said. "Hatari Byrd goes there, and I've been friends with him for a while. We talked like a month ago, and he said how he's loving his time at OU."

Greeley is taking a stab in the dark because he admitted despite how much he loves OU, he has not talked to one of its coaches yet. This weekend will be the first time he gets that opportunity.

He's not concerned with getting the offer this weekend, but it would be a game-changer if he did.

"I'm not really thinking about it and really just want to have a good time," Greeley said. "If the offer comes, it would be great. I would commit right then and there.

"I'm not looking at any other schools the way I'm looking at OU. I'm not interested in any other schools like I am with OU."

He's not coming alone. Greeley is part of the ever-growing Tony Perry tutelage tree. Perry, one of the best in the country at coaching defensive backs, is a huge reason for Greeley's success, he said.

The biggest thing Perry has had Greeley do lately is working one-on-ones against OU four-star wide receiver signee Michiah Quick. Greeley, Quick and 2016 linebacker Caleb Kelly are all scheduled to come together to OU this weekend. Greeley said they're all flying out to Norman.

Kelly's first offer was from OU two weeks ago.

OU enters race for top Cali prospects

Staying in California, OU made a couple of offers this week to Cali prospects that, on the surface, appear to be too little too late. We shall see.

The offer train got rolling with Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic five-star cornerback Iman Marshall. It's a heck of an uphill climb for Marshall with USC looking like the clear favorite as of this time.

But it doesn't hurt to make the offer, and OU is sitting pretty with so many other defensive backs that if this offer never materializes into anything serious, it won't be the end of the road.

OU also reached out to Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star defensive lineman Rasheem Green. Green showed a little enthusiasm at getting the offer so that's at least a good starting point.

USC seems in solid position for Green as well, but he has also been quick to say he doesn't have a list of favorites at this point.

Running back clears up

Of course the mega-news of the week happened Sunday when McKinney (Texas) North running back Ronald Jones committed to Oklahoma State.

The news came as a complete shock but maybe it shouldn't have. He decided to skip the NFTC in DeSoto, less than an hour away, in order to make a trip to Stillwater.

Then add in the fact his sister attends OSU, and it begins to become more clear. Less than a week removed from releasing a top eight that included the Sooners, the timing seemed to throw people off more than anything.

It looked like Jones would wait and check out more schools, but he opted to end the drama now. It's a loss for OU, for sure, but the Sooners are also in solid position for other backs.

If Jones is completely out of the picture, it actually starts to make things easier in terms of legitimate OU targets. Right now the leader in the clubhouse is Plano (Texas) West four-star prospect Sotonye "Soso" Jamabo.

Despite Houston Episcopal running back Tyreik Gray being pretty quiet on the trail, he continues to have OU in his top five when he releases it on Twitter. The other option is Rockwall (Texas) High running back Chris Warren.

After having made two trips to OU last spring and summer, Warren hasn't returned to Norman since and said he hasn't really talked to the coaches in a while. It's possible that with Jones out, Warren once again becomes a main target.

Either way, there are still plenty of quality options for running backs coach Cale Gundy to find his man.

OU back to wide receiver pool

OU dipped back into the wide receiver waters with an offer to Pine (La.) Franklinton four-star prospect Derrick Dillon.

Coming off a solid outing at the Houston NFTC, it wasn't the only big offer for Dillon as Texas joined the club a day later.

Dillon has said in the past Florida, Florida State and Texas A&M are among his favorites. From the words of Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge four-star prospect Alex Ofodile, it's obvious OU is limited at what it wants for wide receiver.

A class of two certainly seems to be reasonable at this point so things will have to pick up pretty fast with Dillon for it to mean anything in the long run.

Looking ahead to 2016, OU made an offer to Sachse (Texas) High Devin Duvernay. Both receivers are shorter than 6-foot so it's obvious the quest is on for slot receivers in the future.

Kearns checks out OU

Quarterback continues to be a big question mark for OU's class. Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill three-star prospect Kyle Kearns made a trip to Norman last week.

Kearns is receiving interest from several schools but only has an SMU offer as of this time. Following his trip to SMU, he toured the state with trips to OU and Oklahoma State.

In messages to Sooners Illustrated, he made it clear he made more progress with the Cowboys than the Sooners.

Kearns got to learn firsthand just how slow things work with Josh Heupel in terms of the quarterback process. He is interested in the Sooners a lot and even more after the visit, but it remains to be seen just how much interest there is on OU's part.

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